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  • Under the Dome

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Raul Esparza
  • Length: 34 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,179

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Stephen King I've Heard

  • By Scott on 02-10-10

Interesting listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-18

I will admit...this was my second attempt at listening to Under the Dome and first time finishing it. I had a hard time getting into it a year or two ago when I first got it. stopped and never restarted until this week. I found the characters interesting...definitely the way characters acted seemed very plausible and made me wonder what I would do in a similar situation. Enjoyed this the second time around but felt it dragged a bit in the beginning (I was easily distracted while listening). Would recommend if you like lots of character development and don't mind slower stories.

  • Lisey's Story

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Mare Winningham
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,293
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,294

Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, best-selling novelist, and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and "bools". Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went, a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive, or give him the ideas he needed in order to live.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vintage, Mature SK

  • By A. Jack on 07-03-07

Enjoyable King Novel

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-18

I really like most Stephen King stories and this one, while not my favorite, was a very good listen. The reader was excellent and I got lost in the story (which is what I like best about King's stories). It was definitely a slower build, which doesn't bother me, and it was a bit of a tear jerker at times too.

  • Pet Sematary

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,192
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,751

When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic, rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true. Yet despite Ludlow's tranquility, there's an undercurrent of danger that lingers...like the graveyard in the woods near the Creeds' home, where generations of children have buried their beloved pets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding in Every Regard

  • By Alexander Lambert on 04-10-18

Great book and excellent narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-18

I've been waiting years for this to be made into an audio book and let me tell you.. it was worth the wait. Michael C Hall is an AMAZING narrator and I can't imagine a better one for this story. The story itself has been a favorite of mine since I was a young child and saw the movie, read the book years later, and it only improves as I age. Having a child now myself, the book is all the more horrifying. A great book and a wonderful listen.

  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,564
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,027
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,971

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Sanderson Masterpiece

  • By 2bizy on 05-24-18

Loved it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-18

After reading Wheel of Time...I promised myself I wouldn't start an epic series that wasn't finished. But...2 years ago after reading everything else Brandon Sanderson had out I broke that rule. I am annoyed at myself for it but I cannot deny that this series is fantastic. I didn't reread the previous 2 books before starting this one so it took be a bit to get reacquainted with the characters and to remember some of the back story...but these books really suck you in. I love the world building, storytelling, and the characters. I love how little pieces all come together in the story. I didn't want to stop listening and I have no greater praise for a book than that. Unfortunately...I now have a long wait for the next book. On the plus side...while the story isn't complete...at least it doesn't leave you with a cliffhanger so I still feel satisfied having read it even if I want more. I would not wish the agony of having to wait for a series to be completed on anyone and for that reason am hesitant to recommend...but if it doesn't bother you to wait years between books then definitely give this series a try because it is absolutely fantastic. The readers are also phenomenal.

  • Salem's Lot

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Stephen King
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,401

Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Performance of an Excellent Story

  • By Tami on 10-02-12

Very slow starter

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-18

I am generally a fan of Stephen King and love his descriptions and world building. This one, however, was VERY slow to start and actually left me feeling bored during the build up (which is usually my favorite part). All in all it was an ok story but it took me a long time to get through it because I was bored for the first half. Not my favorite Stephen King book and probably wouldn't listen to it again.

  • Thirteen Reasons Why

  • By: Jay Asher
  • Narrated by: Debra Wiseman, Joel Johnstone
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,161

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush, who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice explains that there are 13 reasons she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Ideal Audio Book

  • By Diana on 01-10-11

Thought provoking...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-17

This wasn't a great book...but it's a book that makes you think. It's a book that will spark some great discussion. I'm honestly surprised by the people who dislike the main character or think her reasons for committing suicide are so stupid or small. It's not really a list of 13 reasons why she commits suicide (despite the title) but rather her running down a list of 13 things that eventually led to her suicide and she admits that many are small things...but without the small things the bigger things wouldn't have happened...at least that's her perspective on it.

I like that simultaneously we are hearing Hannah's story through her tapes and the reactions of someone who cares for her as he listens to them. She was not as alone as she thought...but it's too late to tell her that obviously.

Suicide is a hard subject, especially when it involves young people. I would recommend this book for kids and parents to listen to or read together because it's very thought provoking and I can see it as a conversation starter...a way to open the door to talk about something difficult. Not just suicide, but about bullying, about being kind, about how the small things matter.

A good short listen if you like books that make you think and don't mind the heavy stuff.

  • Full Dark, No Stars

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,566

"I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eerie, honest, frightening!

  • By 9S on 01-15-11

Just OK

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-17

I really enjoyed the first and last stories in this collection. The middle two were ok but kind of forgettable as I really had to think to remember what they were about.

  • Insomnia

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Eli Wallach
  • Length: 25 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,058
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,879

Since his wife died, Ralph Roberts has been having trouble sleeping. Each night he wakes up a bit earlier until he's barely sleeping at all. During his late-night walks, he observes some strange things going on in Derry, Maine. He sees colored ribbons streaming from people's heads, two strange little men wandering around town after dark, and more. He begins to suspect that these visions are something more than hallucinations brought on by lack of sleep.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Do yourself a favor and read this one.

  • By MSF on 08-30-17

Very slow build, annoying sound effects

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-17

I've been reading a lot of Stephen King books lately. This was not my favorite. It was a very slow build...which I usually don't mind...but in this case I did get bored. I fell asleep listening to it at one point and didn't rewind because I know I didn't miss anything. I love the main characters and the story is interesting...just longer than it probably should be because it did seem to drag. The biggest thing though that made this less enjoyable was the horrible music they used...sound effects that really just gave me a headache because they were too loud and annoying. They were much louder than the narrator (who I did really enjoy). I don't usually mind music and sound effects in audiobooks....but this was not well done.

  • The Dead Zone

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,239

Johnny Smith awakens from a five-year coma after his car accident and discovers that he can see people's futures and pasts when he touches them. Many consider his talent a gift; Johnny feels cursed. His fiancée married another man during his coma, and people clamor for him to solve their problems. When Johnny has a disturbing vision after he shakes the hand of an ambitious and amoral politician, he must decide if he should take drastic action to change the future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Listen!

  • By karinzart on 04-29-17

Great listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-17

I really enjoyed this. The characters were great and the story really drew me in. I only wish it had been longer. Fantastic!

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  • The Return of Tarzan

  • By: Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

In this second addition to Edgar Rice Burroughs' epic adventures of Tarzan, listeners will find the jungle man leaving America to visit old friends in Europe. Through spirals of action, disaster, and shipwreck, we find Tarzan and a group of travelers - including his first love, Jane; and his new archenemy, Rokoff - back in the jungle where he was raised. Encountering even more hardship in the harsh jungle, Tarzan again fights wild animals and savage tribes in the ultimate search for secret buried treasure.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Steer clear

  • By Kaui on 08-30-16

Just as much fun as the first book!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-16

After listening to the first book, I immediately downloaded the second one. How could you not with the ending of the first book? The Return of Tarzan was just as much fun as the first book...assuming of course you are able to suspend disbelief and just lose yourself in the adventure.

I feel very lucky to have come onto audible to download this second book the day that this version, narrated by Jeff Harding, was released. I enjoyed his narration only slightly less than Simon Prebble's (which was who narrated the version of Tarzan of the Apes that I listened to). Harding does a wonderful job though...so I would recommend listening to the first book in his narration only so that you have continuity between the books.

The Return of Tarzan is definitely a little more far fetched than the first book in the series...but I personally don't have an issue with that. It is a lot of fun and I enjoyed it the way I do those unbelievable action movies where the hero pops up out of the snow after an avalanche completely unharmed or someone escapes a ridiculously large gun fight with not a scratch on him despite the thousands of bullets flying around. Just suspend disbelief and enjoy it and you will be in for a treat.

Looking forward to checking out book 3!

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